Awesome August in Queenstown is just as much about skiing and snowboarding as it is about après ski. The compact and vibrant town centre comes alive after dark.
Nestled alongside the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic, snowcapped mountains, Queenstown is the perfect winter holiday destination in August.
Whether you have an appetite for adventure, mountains and fresh air or are more at home enjoying a delicious meal and fine wine next to a roaring fire, get away from the everyday and escape to Queenstown.
The cosmopolitan town has a welcoming, vibrant energy that resonates across the resort to make Queenstown a unique holiday destination—and at no time is this more obvious than in winter, when skiers and boarders, or those just curious about snow, gather here to lap up the fun.
The region’s four ski areas, all within a handy 20 to 90-minute drive of Queenstown, offer a range of terrain for all levels whether you’re keen to conquer the basics, enjoy groomed runs, tackle off-piste, throw down some freestyle tricks or experience the thrill of night skiing.
Queenstown’s famous Peak to Peak is held mid-August. This is the South Island’s biggest winter multisport event and attracts competitors from around New Zealand.
If the thrill of mountain climbing is what you are after The Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival in 13 – 16 August 2020 brings together winter alpine climbers from around New Zealand and overseas to advance and promote modern mixed and ice climbing.
Later in the season (28 August – 6 September 2019) Winter Pride adds its own glitz and glamour when hundreds of revellers come from around the world to Queenstown for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest gay alpine celebration.
Just before the first buds of spring start to arrive, but still very wintery, the Winter Games NZ attracts world class athletes in late August to compete for glory in freestyle skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. The sporting action is complemented by a festival programme, after all snow and partying go hand in hand together. The Games run 21 August – 5th September in 2020.
Winter in Queenstown is just as much about skiing and snowboarding as it is about après ski. The compact and vibrant town centre comes alive after dark.
When it comes to eating out, Queenstown’s innovative and award-winning cafes and restaurants offer cuisine to suit every palate. Along with nearby Arrowtown, Queenstown is home to more than 150 eateries ranging from fine dining to fun dining. Stylish bars, sophisticated clubs, Kiwi pubs and late night hot spots also make Queenstown’s après ski atmosphere second to none.
For fun well beyond the mountains, Queenstown’s several golf courses and renowned wineries are just a short drive away. Central Otago produces some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. And with around 200 vineyards within 1½ hours’ drive of Queenstown, wine tours are a great way to explore the area.
Make the Southern Alps your playground this winter, Queenstown offers plenty to explore on and off the mountain.